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Dartcom launches UHRIT System for GEO-KOMPSAT-2A (GK-2A)

Posted in New Products September 17th, 2020 at 12:12 pm by Chris Wright

Typhoons Maysak and Haishen in early September 2020, produced from the GK-2A UHRIT 10.5µm infra-red band

Dartcom is pleased to announce the availability of its new UHRIT System to provide reception of UHRIT data from the GEO-KOMPSAT-2A (GK-2A) satellite.

GK-2A is operated by the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) and National Meteorological Space Center (NMSC). It was launched in 2019 to replace the COMS-1 satellite.

The GK-2A UHRIT service uses a 31Mbps DVB-S2 downlink to allow high-resolution data (up to 500m) with a short repeat cycle (10 minutes). 16 spectral bands are available from the AMI sensor, as well as a number of level 2 products.

More information on the Dartcom UHRIT System


JPSS-1 (NOAA 20) support added to Dartcom X-Band EOS System

Posted in New Products April 20th, 2018 at 10:29 am by Chris Wright

The Dartcom X-Band EOS System now supports the recently commissioned JPSS-1 (NOAA 20) satellite in addition to Terra, Aqua, Suomi NPP and FengYun-3A/B/C.

A software update is required for the Polar Orbiter Ingester software to receive data from JPSS-1, but no hardware or firmware changes are required.

To process JPSS-1 data, an update is also required to the NASA DRL IPOPP software.

Dartcom successfully tests new GOES HRIT System

Posted in New Products June 18th, 2017 at 2:33 pm by Chris Wright


During test transmissions from GOES-16 (also known as GOES-R) Dartcom completed satisfactory testing of the hardware and software for its new GOES HRIT system.

The full GOES-16 HRIT service is scheduled to begin in November 2017 when it will be moved to replace GOES-13 as the new GOES East satellite.

Full details of the new GOES HRIT System will be available in the Products section of this website in due course.

1.5m Marine antenna option for HRPT/AHRPT and X-Band EOS Systems

Posted in New Products November 30th, 2016 at 11:22 am by Chris Wright

Dartcom 1.5m Marine HRPT/AHRPT and X-Band EOS antenna

Dartcom has launched a 1.5m marine antenna option for the X-Band EOS and HRPT/AHRPT Systems.

It uses the X/Y stabilised platform from Dartcom’s proven 1.3m marine antenna, installed on numerous vessels worldwide, including all of the British Antarctic Survey’s research ships. The 1.5m dish, RF components and low-loss composite radome are from Dartcom’s land-based X-Band EOS antenna, the first of which was installed in April 2014 at LATUV, Spain, and has been proven as exceptionally capable and reliable.

The 1.5m marine antenna has been designed to provide an easy and cost-effective future upgrade path to receive the next generation of earth observation satellites as well as the current Terra, Aqua, Suomi-NPP, JPSS-1 and FY-3 A/B/C X-Band direct broadcast downlinks. It means L-Band HRPT/AHRPT systems can be upgraded to receive X-Band EOS data at a later date.

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Dartcom launches HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System

Posted in New Products June 12th, 2015 at 11:50 am by Chris Wright

Super Typhoon Maysak on March 31st, 2015, extracted from a 10.4µm infra-red Himawari-8 image
Super Typhoon Maysak on March 31st, 2015, extracted
from a 10.4µm infra-red Himawari-8 image received
by the Dartcom HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System

Dartcom is pleased to announce the availability of its HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System to provide reception of LRIT and HRIT data from the HimawariCast service. The first system was installed and commissioned at the Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan.

HimawariCast is a C-Band DVB service operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) disseminating data from the Himawari-8/9 satellites. It is a replacement for the L-Band direct broadcast MTSAT LRIT and HRIT services which terminated in November 2015 due to the MTSAT-1R satellite reaching the end of its operational life.

More information on the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System

Dartcom launches affordable X-Band EOS System for Terra, Aqua, Suomi-NPP and FY-3

Posted in New Products August 28th, 2014 at 9:10 am by Chris Wright

Dartcom X-Band EOS System at the University of Valladolid, Spain

Dartcom X-Band EOS System antenna

Dartcom is pleased to announced the availability of its new X-Band EOS System, a low cost, compact solution for receiving and processing direct broadcast data from X-Band earth observation satellites, including Terra and Aqua (MODIS), Suomi-NPP and FengYun-3 (FY-3).

The system is aimed at universities, research institutions and other organisations with limited budgets and restricted installation sites. However Dartcom has not sacrificed performance and features, as Chief Electronics Engineer Dave Wright explained. “We use a 1.5m radome enclosed antenna with carefully chosen RF components, tight tolerances and our own tracking and ingest software. Extensive testing proves that good data reception is possible from 5 degrees elevation and the antenna operates normally in wind speeds up to 185km/h”.

The Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Valladolid, Spain (LATUV) is one of the first customers to benefit from a Dartcom X-Band EOS System. LATUV’s Director and Professor of Applied Physics José-Luis Casanova Roque said that since installation of the system in April 2014, “it has never lost an image or presented any kind of problem even during times of intense rain or strong winds. This is excellent equipment and displays an unexpected level of operation and extraordinary performance for a system of this size.”

More information on the Dartcom X-Band EOS System